True Knowledge of Self

Cultural Expressions: Fashion -part 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Dwayne Lemon, Lance Wilbur


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000042A

00:29 Hello, I'm Dwayne.
00:30 And I'm Lance, and we'd like to welcome you
00:32 to another episode of TKS, a True Knowledge of Self
00:35 where we get to know ourselves from a biblical perspective.
00:39 In our last episode we're starting to venture
00:42 into another exciting topic.
00:44 We're talking about cultural expression.
00:46 We looked at those elements if you will of hip-hop.
00:50 You know, the basic four of MCing
00:52 and break dancing and graffiti art and DJing,
00:55 but they've been expanded
00:56 depending on what source you refer to
00:58 and it also is integrated obviously the fifth element
01:01 which we talked a lot about the knowledge,
01:02 the wisdom and understanding.
01:04 And then there's things like street fashion,
01:07 street language, street entrepreneurship and others.
01:11 And so when we look at these forms of expression, you know,
01:16 kind of the backbone of the culture.
01:18 This is the culture now applied
01:20 and the kind of the brand of the culture
01:23 and we saw that the Bible is not silent on this
01:27 matter either.
01:29 The Bible talks about expression,
01:30 the Bible has no problem with expression,
01:32 the Bible has no problem with culture in fact,
01:34 but we did see that once again there are guidelines
01:39 and how we are to express ourselves.
01:41 How, what expression is permissible versus
01:44 which is not.
01:46 And we saw that really expression is indicative
01:49 of what is in the heart, the condition of the heart.
01:53 And so when we think about expression,
01:55 we have to understand for example a verse
01:57 that we use that I kind of think expresses
02:00 this the best is Philippians 4:8.
02:04 And if we turn there again, I just want to read it
02:06 'cause this is gonna help catapult us
02:08 into this discussion for today's episode.
02:12 Philippians 4:8, it says, "Finally, brethren,
02:18 whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
02:22 whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
02:25 whatsoever things are lovely,
02:27 whatsoever things are of good report,
02:30 if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
02:33 think on these things."
02:36 So it's really now the thoughts,
02:38 the thoughts that formulate our expression.
02:42 We have to pass these through this filter
02:45 if you will, this Philippians 4:8 filter.
02:48 And for ourselves and for the expressions of others
02:52 that we consume as human beings,
02:55 do they pass this test and if they don't,
02:58 then we have to answer the question,
03:01 are they beneficial or are they destructive.
03:05 And we have to, you know,
03:07 agree here the Bible is in agreement
03:09 that anything that violates the principles of truth
03:13 automatically are destructive and destructive
03:17 not only for the individual
03:19 but destructive for communities,
03:21 families and entire cultures.
03:23 So we're gonna talk about the expression
03:26 specifically in the context of fashion
03:28 not just street fashion but fashion in general.
03:31 What does the Bible, number one,
03:34 does the Bible have anything to say about it?
03:35 Number two, if it does, you know, where is that?
03:39 Because we see cultural expression in fashion
03:42 and, you know, a lot of people, you know,
03:44 go to extremes on one end or the other.
03:46 This is true.
03:48 But how can we find balance,
03:49 how can we know what the Bible says
03:50 and what are the principles that govern
03:52 how we interpret the expression through fashion.
03:55 Okay.
03:56 Well, I would first start
03:57 by just taking a look at the Book of 1 John 2.
04:00 And the reason why is
04:01 because you'll see why we're highlighting fashion
04:03 rather than let's say street language
04:05 or street entrepreneurship.
04:07 Even though we can touch on those things as well
04:09 in other programs, but the reason
04:11 why fashion is something worthy of in-depth study
04:15 is because it does fit so many molds
04:19 of what the Bible speaks of.
04:20 As an example the scriptures
04:22 tell us something about the world,
04:25 you know, that we, you know,
04:26 you hear this term the world a lot,
04:28 the world or worldly and things of that nature.
04:30 And I think we would do well to consider.
04:31 In fact perhaps before we do 1 John 2,
04:34 maybe it would be better to do some other verses
04:35 just to give more context.
04:37 Okay.
04:38 So what I'm first going to do
04:39 is I'm going to start at James 4.
04:42 Let's go there 'cause James 4
04:43 would probably make it more plain.
04:45 In James 4, the Bible makes a very profound statement
04:49 about the world and when we understand this,
04:53 it will help set a stronger foundation
04:55 for those who want to serve God
04:57 and to love Him and to know Him
04:59 and to do the things that please Him.
05:00 When we look at James 4, the Bible says in verse 4,
05:05 "Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
05:07 know ye not that the friendship of the world
05:10 is enmity with God?
05:12 Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world
05:15 is the enemy of God."
05:17 It's a very definite statement that James states here
05:19 that to be a friend or to be friendly with the world
05:23 and its ways, it is the enemy of God.
05:25 But the thing is,
05:26 is that what really constitutes the world,
05:29 you know, as we were looking at it here.
05:31 Well, if we were to look at 1 John 2 now,
05:33 it's gonna talk about things that make up the world
05:36 and then we can understand better why God hates this.
05:38 And He says, "Any of those who are friends of the world
05:41 are enemies of God et cetera."
05:43 It says in 1 John 2,
05:45 we're gonna look at verses 15 and 16.
05:47 It says, "Love not the world,
05:50 neither the things that are in the world.
05:52 If any man love the world,
05:54 the love of the Father is not in him.
05:56 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
06:00 and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,
06:04 is not of the Father, but is of the world."
06:08 So when we're thinking of the world,
06:10 we're thinking about something that God disapproves of.
06:14 He does not want His people connected to it
06:16 nor reflecting it
06:17 and He does not certainly want us developing a love for it.
06:20 And then he goes on to tell us that the things
06:23 that are in the world
06:24 that He wants us to stay away from
06:25 are things that pertain to the lust of the flesh,
06:27 the lust of the eyes,
06:29 and the pride of life which fashion fits all three.
06:33 And this is why fashion kind of has a greater highlight
06:35 than some of the other elements that were mentioned.
06:37 Fashion definitely promotes lust of the flesh,
06:41 it definitely promotes lust of the eyes,
06:43 and it definitely promotes pride of life.
06:45 It is for these reasons that we have to give some attention
06:49 to the subject of fashion and there is no way
06:52 that we can cover this in-depth,
06:54 you know, in the depth that it deserves.
06:56 So we kind of have to look
06:58 at some key principles from the Bible
06:59 and then see what the Lord says.
07:01 One of the things that you will find
07:02 that's really, really huge
07:04 in the practice of many in hip-hop culture
07:07 is tattooing the body.
07:09 It is something that individuals do especially
07:13 when they want to honor friends, relatives,
07:16 even some of their ancestors,
07:19 et cetera throughout hip-hop culture
07:21 and they want to honor them by putting a tattoo
07:24 on their body and saying whether they love them,
07:26 telling rest in peace and all these other things.
07:28 But the Bible does have a very specific statement on this
07:31 that we can find in the Book of Leviticus.
07:33 In Leviticus 19, the Bible speaks on this point
07:37 and it says in Leviticus 19.
07:40 And again I want us to remember that you, this is why,
07:45 you know, I learned something a long time ago
07:46 as we get ready to look at Leviticus 19.
07:49 When I was growing up,
07:51 I saw pictures of a white Jesus,
07:56 white angels, white patriarchs, white prophets,
08:00 and white apostles, et cetera.
08:02 So when I looked at the Bible,
08:03 it appeared to me very, very European.
08:06 And this is what people were filtering, you know,
08:08 they were pushing this in my mind real hard.
08:11 They were saying, "Hey, you know the Bible stay away
08:13 from it, it's not for black people,"
08:15 and all these other things.
08:17 And I started to buy into it quite a bit,
08:18 and I went to an extreme
08:21 where I started to reject the Bible.
08:22 Now I know that the Bible is very much centered
08:25 in all nations, kindred, tongues and people.
08:27 And as Acts 17 says, "We are all made of one blood."
08:30 So I respect that principle today
08:32 and that's what I stand by, praise God.
08:34 But back then I had to admit that, you know,
08:36 some of these prejudices
08:37 and things were being heavily pushed in my mind.
08:40 Well, when I started to look at Afrocentricity
08:43 and started to try to identify it in the Bible
08:46 which I did, there's lots of it in the Bible.
08:48 But even outside of the Bible, man,
08:50 I started buying African everything.
08:52 I mean, I would get, you know, African dolls
08:55 and I would get all sorts of shirts
08:57 that would represent different tribes of Africa
08:59 and you know and I had to learn not everything
09:03 from Africa was good.
09:05 Right.
09:06 And you know, and believe it or not
09:08 that was kind of like a shock to me at a time in my life
09:09 because, you know,
09:11 I was having through hip-hop culture
09:12 push so hard the Asiatic, African Asiatic black man
09:17 and you know we are the original men
09:19 and, you know, all these things
09:20 that was really pushed real strong.
09:22 So I began to think because of the pigmentation of my skin
09:26 that this kind of elevated me to a God like level
09:30 and now I'm feeling like, yeah, I'm the man,
09:32 you know, I have certain powers
09:33 and authorities that was ordained of me
09:36 because "I'm black".
09:38 Well, as I started to have my mind open more,
09:41 you know, I began to see not everything
09:43 from Africa was good,
09:44 and it was educational
09:46 because there was a lot of heathenism,
09:48 paganism, there was a lot of child sacrifice,
09:51 there was voodoo.
09:52 There was a lot of things that took place in Africa
09:54 that was not good.
09:55 And we have to understand that and the way I found out
09:57 they weren't good was comparing it to Scripture.
10:00 Well, one of the things you would find is that
10:02 there was a lot of tattooing,
10:04 there was a lot of different tattoos and writings
10:06 if you will that was put
10:08 or painted on the individuals of different tribes
10:10 to represent certain things.
10:12 And that would be kind of the credence to today
10:14 while someone would say, "Hey, this is why tattooing
10:17 is okay even especially of those
10:19 who have deceased and passed on."
10:21 But when we put this thought to the test of Scripture,
10:24 we see that the Bible says in Leviticus 19:28, it says,
10:29 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead,
10:35 nor print any marks upon you, I am the Lord."
10:41 So God made it clear,
10:43 I don't want you cutting up your body,
10:44 I don't want you putting these markings upon your body.
10:47 Remember we looked at a principle
10:49 in 1 Corinthians 6
10:50 that stated our bodies are temples
10:53 that God desires to dwell in.
10:55 But He said I bought your body,
10:57 I bought it with the precious price
10:59 of My Son's blood,
11:00 therefore glorify God in your body.
11:04 And the way that you glorify God in your body
11:06 is that you would do what the Bible says
11:08 as it relates to what is the glory of God.
11:11 In Exodus 33:18 Moses said, "Lord, show me Your glory."
11:16 In verse 19, God says, "I'll show you My goodness
11:18 and proclaim My name."
11:20 In Exodus 34, God reveals His glory
11:24 and proclaims His name to Moses in verses 5-7.
11:27 He says the Lord, the Lord God,
11:29 merciful, gracious, longsuffering,
11:31 abundant in goodness and truth,
11:33 keeping mercy for thousands,
11:34 forgiving iniquity and transgression in sin
11:36 and that would by no means clear the guilty,
11:38 visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
11:40 and to the third and fourth generation.
11:42 God revealed His character
11:44 so when you think of the glory of God,
11:46 you're thinking of the character of God.
11:49 And God says, I want you to glorify Me in your body.
11:52 And God does not,
11:54 did not ever put any prints upon Himself
11:57 except the ones that was inflicted upon Him
11:59 that we might be saved from sin
12:00 which was those marks in His hands.
12:02 But all these paintings and all these other things
12:05 are not to be brought upon our body.
12:07 This was a prohibition that was given from the Word of God.
12:09 And this was just another example among many others
12:13 where God wanted there to be a clear distinction
12:16 between His people, His family and those that rejected Him.
12:20 Correct.
12:21 So this is why God wanted us to always live by His words
12:25 because He knew the effects that it would have.
12:27 God wanted us to understand that the way we adorn ourselves
12:31 whether it's with markings or even clothing,
12:33 God always had a plan.
12:35 I'll give a good example of this in Numbers 15.
12:37 In Numbers 15 God actually wanted
12:40 even in our clothing for us to be a witness.
12:43 Because I appreciate your point
12:44 and I feel like right now is a good time to build on it
12:46 where God wanted us in our representation of ourselves
12:51 in the expression even of our clothing.
12:53 God was actually giving us instruction imagine that,
12:57 God giving instruction on what we should wear,
12:59 how different the world and the church would look,
13:02 if individuals understood you can't even wear
13:04 what you want to wear,
13:06 you can't even just put on what you want to put on.
13:07 You have to go to the Word of God first
13:09 and receive instruction from the owner.
13:10 Yes.
13:12 Well, the Numbers 15,
13:13 the Bible talks about it in verse 38
13:15 and look at what God says here
13:17 as it relates to even things to put on your clothing
13:20 and notice what is says,
13:22 "Speak unto the..."
13:23 Verse 38, "Speak unto the children of Israel,
13:26 and bid them that they make them fringes
13:29 in the borders of their garments
13:31 throughout their generations,
13:33 and that they put upon the fringe of the borders
13:36 a ribband of blue.
13:38 And it shall be unto you for a fringe,
13:40 that ye may look upon it,
13:43 and remember all the commandments of the Lord,
13:46 and do them, and that ye seek not after your own heart
13:50 and your own eyes,
13:52 after which ye use to go a whoring
13:54 that ye may remember, and do all my commandments,
13:56 and be holy unto your God."
13:59 So God wanted to make it clear that even in your clothing,
14:02 I want you to wear clothing in such a way
14:04 that when you look at it,
14:05 it reminds you that you belong to Me
14:08 that you are the commandment keeping family of God.
14:11 This was the influence that God wanted to have
14:14 when we would come in contact with other societies.
14:16 That people would literally see us and they would say,
14:19 there goes the people of God.
14:21 And it was a beautiful plan that the Lord had.
14:24 I must admit my wife and I had an experience one time
14:27 when we were in a store.
14:28 And we believe very strongly in having our girls
14:31 because remember I said I have two boys and two girls.
14:33 So my two boys 16, 14, my two girls 15 and 13.
14:37 And, you know, as developing young ladies
14:41 we wanted them to understand Christian modesty
14:44 which is gonna be the next point
14:45 we need to build on.
14:47 In Christian modesty it is imperative
14:48 that we understand God wanted women to have
14:50 what's called a chaste reserve.
14:53 You know something where they are not just
14:54 letting themselves out for every common individual
14:57 to see and to gawk at and to lust that.
14:59 But to have a reserve to make it clear
15:01 that I am a woman of God,
15:02 I have a respect for myself
15:04 and I'm not going to let you see my anatomy or physiology,
15:06 it's none of your business.
15:07 And in this way, God wanted to make something very plain
15:11 through clothing to communicate to society.
15:14 So one day my family and I, we were at a store
15:17 and we were in the city getting some things
15:19 we needed to get.
15:20 And when the people were just simply,
15:22 we noticed that people just kept looking,
15:24 they kept looking at my wife
15:25 and they kept looking at my girls,
15:27 they kept looking at my wife and looking at my girls.
15:28 And I don't know why they were looking at first
15:30 'cause I can't read minds.
15:31 But when they came, eventually this couple they came over
15:34 to us and they said,
15:36 "Excuse me, are you Christians?"
15:38 And we were saying, "Well, thank the Lord, yes, you know,
15:42 why do you ask?"
15:43 And they said, "Your dress."
15:44 They said, "We notice that the way that you were dressing
15:46 and carrying yourselves even through your children
15:49 that it made a statement."
15:51 And I'm thinking to myself, praise God,
15:53 wouldn't it be wonderful
15:54 if individuals can actually look at people
15:56 and just by the image before they even speak
15:59 they can say, "You must be a servant of God."
16:02 And that's essentially that's the expression,
16:05 I mean that is what the society and culture, hip-hop culture,
16:09 pop culture is striving for is the idea
16:13 that I can put on these clothes and I'm making a statement.
16:16 That's right.
16:17 Or the lack there of, I'm making a statement
16:19 based on what I'm presenting to the world.
16:20 That's right.
16:22 And the contrast is in Christian culture
16:27 we dress in ways or at least we should
16:30 'cause not all Christians do this,
16:31 but we should dress in a way
16:33 that when individuals come in contact with us,
16:36 their minds somehow ascend from the object
16:41 to the creator of the object.
16:42 That's very powerful, that spoke volumes to my girls,
16:46 you know to know my clothing made somebody think about God.
16:51 That was powerful to them and that was a lesson.
16:53 But when you think of hip-hop culture,
16:55 when you see all these fashions,
16:56 we think about the creature.
16:58 We are focused on the individual
17:00 and we're focused on them,
17:01 and at best the creator of their clothing
17:03 which might be the various names in fashion today.
17:06 But there is not a reflection of God,
17:08 there is not a reflection of a most high God
17:10 that is making a call to holiness
17:12 as being demonstrated in the clothing.
17:14 Well, the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2,
17:18 this is dealing with the principle of modesty.
17:21 It says in 1 Timothy 2, how God instructed,
17:25 now granted, I am talking about women here
17:29 and it is not to be chauvinistic at all,
17:31 but you will find that the theme
17:33 throughout the Bible was that it was dress
17:37 was often a subject that had to be addressed with women.
17:41 Because fashion affects women stronger than it affects men,
17:43 it's not that it doesn't affect men
17:45 but it affects them stronger.
17:47 It's kind of like sports, sports will sooner affect men
17:49 more than it would affect women.
17:51 Right.
17:52 There's exceptions to the rules but that's just the general.
17:53 Yeah, exactly we're talking about in the general populace.
17:56 So when you look at 2 Timothy,
17:58 the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:9,
18:00 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves
18:05 in modest apparel,
18:07 with shamefacedness and sobriety."
18:10 And then it says, "Not with brooded hair,
18:11 or gold, or pearls, or costly array,
18:14 but which becometh women professing godliness
18:17 with good works."
18:19 So the Bible encourages our sisters to dress in a way
18:22 that is modest.
18:23 And the reason this is important
18:25 is because I read a verse in the Bible
18:26 that blew me away when I read it.
18:28 Because it was speaking specifically
18:30 about a woman's clothing
18:31 and not necessarily about her behavior.
18:34 It was found in Proverbs 7.
18:36 It's the absolute contrast
18:37 to what we just read in 2 Timothy 2:9.
18:41 The Bible says in Proverbs 7, I want you to watch this
18:44 because I thought it was very interesting.
18:46 It says in Proverbs 7:10.
18:49 It is talking about a woman
18:51 who is living the lifestyle of a harlot,
18:53 however it makes a profound statement
18:56 in Proverbs 7:10.
18:58 It says, "And, behold, there met him a woman
19:02 with the attire of an harlot."
19:07 Now what this verse is saying here
19:09 is not that the woman herself was a harlot
19:12 but that her clothing referenced harlotry.
19:16 And we know that the Bible clearly condemns harlotry,
19:19 God condemns fornication and prostitution
19:22 and all these other things.
19:23 Well, here it is that the Bible is showing
19:25 that clothing does have character,
19:27 clothing does make a statement.
19:29 And it's not that hip-hop culture
19:30 doesn't know that,
19:31 it's just that they may be proud of the statements
19:33 that are made.
19:35 Exactly.
19:36 Because often in hip-hop culture what do we see?
19:38 We see tight clothes, we see things that fit really tight,
19:41 things that reveal a ton of flesh,
19:44 things that often are confusing, you know.
19:46 And when I say confusing,
19:47 sometimes the women look like men
19:49 and the men look like women.
19:51 Their clothing that is unhealthy,
19:53 things that are too tight,
19:55 squeezing against the body restricting it,
19:57 restricting the person from even being
20:00 able to take a deep breath, you know.
20:02 Go ahead.
20:03 And it's just that, you know, the fashion,
20:06 trends can go and come and go and ebb and flow
20:09 but the principles that are undergirding the expression
20:12 in the fashion,
20:14 whether we're talking about street fashion
20:15 or, you know, just general fashion
20:17 or high fashion.
20:19 They're always trying to push an envelop,
20:21 they're always trying, you know,
20:22 change and be different.
20:24 So it doesn't matter really, you know, currently,
20:28 this is the expression,
20:30 it's what principles are governing the expression.
20:33 And if it is a violation of principle of truth then,
20:37 you know, whether it's tight or bagging in many cases,
20:41 it could still fall under immodesty.
20:42 That's correct.
20:44 And this is why God wants us to embrace His words of truth
20:47 because quite honestly these type of counsels
20:50 if received they are a protection to our sisters.
20:54 They are an incredible protection to our sisters
20:57 because unfortunately some of the most horrible crimes
21:00 can take place because of stimulus
21:03 that is happening in a beholder's mind
21:06 as they see all of what they see
21:07 in front of them and even though
21:09 they were already battling with their demons,
21:11 this helps ignite the force of those demons
21:13 rather than put at bay the force of those demons.
21:16 So God actually was thinking of protecting His children
21:19 when He gave instructions on how to dress.
21:21 But I think there's an important point
21:23 to make here now because we're Christians,
21:25 we're showing the biblical principles
21:26 as it relates to dress
21:28 and God definitely does not endorse immodesty,
21:30 the revealing of one's flesh
21:32 and particulars of their body and these type of things,
21:35 that these things should be covered.
21:36 The Bible talks about
21:38 the covering up the shame of thy nakedness,
21:40 but at the same time we do need
21:42 to look at a portion of Scripture
21:43 that we would do well to consider.
21:45 Okay. It's in 1 Peter 2:9.
21:47 The Bible says something about those of us
21:49 who name the name of Christian.
21:51 When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,
21:53 the Bible lets us know that we become something.
21:56 And it's spelled out beautifully in 1 Peter 2:9.
22:00 So here's what it says, in 1 Peter 2:9 it says,
22:03 "But ye are a chosen generation,
22:07 a royal priesthood,
22:09 an holy nation, a peculiar people,
22:13 that ye should shew forth the praises of Him
22:15 who hath called you out of darkness
22:18 into His marvelous light."
22:20 So this is what God is saying to those of us
22:21 who have come out of the world,
22:23 that's actually what the word church means,
22:24 its Greek word Ecclesia,
22:25 and it means the called out ones.
22:27 We know what we were called out of now.
22:28 We were called out of darkness and into God's marvelous light
22:32 and those who respond to that calling,
22:33 God refers to them as a royal priesthood.
22:37 Well, looking at that point,
22:39 let's take a principle from Exodus 28
22:42 in relation to God's instructions
22:43 to the priests as it related to clothing.
22:47 It says in Exodus 28
22:49 and we're gonna just look at verses 1 and 2.
22:54 Here's what the Bible says,
22:55 God was giving instructions to the priest.
22:58 And He says in verse 1,
23:00 "And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother,
23:02 and his sons with him,
23:03 from among the children of Israel,
23:05 that he may minister unto me in the priest's office,
23:08 even Aaron, Nadab and Abhiu, and Eleazar and Ithamar,
23:12 Aaron's sons."
23:13 Verse 2, "And thou shalt make holy garments
23:17 for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty."
23:23 So notice that God says
23:25 when the clothing was to be made
23:27 that the priests were supposed to wear,
23:29 it was supposed to be for glory and for beauty.
23:33 Now we briefly touched on glory,
23:35 the fact that the clothing we wear should obviously
23:38 be reflective of the very character of God.
23:41 So if God is pure, our clothing should represent purity.
23:44 If God is a God of love or any principle of virtue
23:48 that you connect to the character of God,
23:49 even in our dress
23:51 we can manifest these principles as well.
23:54 God is neat by the way.
23:55 You know, you remember when Jesus rose from the grave,
23:57 He didn't just take the wrappings off from Him
23:59 and throw it on the floor in the tomb.
24:01 The Bible specifically says that He took it up
24:03 and when He unwrapped Himself...
24:05 Oh, when the angel unwrapped it off of Him,
24:06 He would go ahead and fold it and lay it side by side
24:09 in the tomb.
24:11 Jesus was very neat about how He handled things,
24:13 clothing that's one should be very neat,
24:15 it should fit as well
24:16 and it should definitely represent these principles.
24:19 But it also says for beauty.
24:21 God believes in looking beautiful.
24:24 The problem is the world has said
24:27 when you tattoo yourself,
24:28 when you put on all these colorful cosmetics,
24:30 and when you put on all this jewelry,
24:32 and a lot of these things,
24:34 this is how you demonstrate beauty,
24:36 when you reveal your body and let the people,
24:39 the world see all of the particulars of your body,
24:43 this is how you reveal beauty.
24:44 But in the eyes of God,
24:46 beauty is something that is reserved.
24:48 You know something that was beautiful to God,
24:50 it was the sanctuary.
24:51 The sanctuary was absolutely beautiful.
24:53 It was loaded with some of the best elements
24:56 that were in existence from gold to brass,
24:59 to silver to bronze.
25:00 It had wonderful curtains and all sorts of writings,
25:03 it was beautiful.
25:05 Wait a minute, another word for sanctuary is temple
25:08 and we are the temple of God.
25:11 So we should reflect beauty in our clothing
25:14 but you have to also keep in mind
25:16 that beauty was reserved.
25:19 Was everybody allowed to just simply see
25:20 inside of the sanctuary?
25:22 No.
25:23 No, they were not, they could behold it from afar
25:24 and they could see,
25:26 but they were not allowed to see the particulars
25:27 inside the sanctuary.
25:29 So what's the lesson for us?
25:31 That means that when we dress,
25:32 we should dress in ways that are decent
25:35 and that look good,
25:37 but we should make sure that the particulars are concealed.
25:41 That only the one that is deemed or privilege to be,
25:44 one's husband or wife has a right to look
25:45 inside the secrets of the body temple.
25:48 These are little practical lessons
25:49 that God gives us on how we can see,
25:52 how biblical fashion is very, very different
25:56 from the fashion that is being promoted
25:58 throughout hip-hop culture.
26:00 And so we're gonna have to talk a little bit more about this
26:02 in another episode
26:03 because we're looking at a situation
26:05 in which again the Bible
26:08 is not rejecting the idea of fashion.
26:10 It's not rejecting the idea of expression,
26:12 it's not rejecting the idea of beauty, and individuality.
26:16 It's not even rejecting that, there's no, you know,
26:20 unity does not mean uniformity.
26:22 Right. That's very important.
26:23 Yeah, there's no idea
26:25 that we have to all dress exactly the same,
26:26 the same colors, the same this, the same that.
26:29 But they are guidelines, they are guidelines
26:31 and God does not want us again, you know, wandering around,
26:34 groping in darkness
26:36 or just making random decisions on our own.
26:38 Right. Amen. He's going to give instruction.
26:41 Because we, essentially,
26:42 we have to admit that we cannot be trusted.
26:44 And it is proven when you look at hip-hop culture today
26:48 and you look at how the several incredibly
26:51 famous artists today,
26:53 when you see how they're dressing themselves,
26:54 it is shameful.
26:56 Yeah.
26:57 This is absolutely exciting, a powerful statements,
26:59 there's a lot of principles that we're learning.
27:01 We're gonna have to pick this up
27:02 because there's a lot of, a lot more to talk about
27:04 when we talk about this expression
27:06 in the context of fashion.
27:08 We also have to understand that
27:10 while there are all these degrees of fashion,
27:13 street fashion, high fashion
27:15 they all are subject once again to the principles
27:18 that God outlines in His Word.
27:20 And if we are not willing to subject ourselves
27:22 to the principles that God outlines,
27:24 then we have to question our motive,
27:27 we have to question where our heart lies.
27:28 We have to question if we are truly interested
27:31 in uplifting society and not doing
27:34 what we were warned to do in Hosea 4:6
27:39 to reject knowledge
27:41 which will result in destruction.
27:43 So I want to encourage you to continue, join us again,
27:46 invite a friend because we're gonna continue
27:49 to look at not only some of these subjects,
27:51 but the practical solutions to some of these things
27:54 that we're presenting, some of these challenges.
27:56 And I want you to always remember Proverbs 2:6,
28:00 where it says, "It is the Lord that gives wisdom
28:03 and out of His mouth comes knowledge
28:05 and understanding."
28:07 God bless you.


Revised 2017-09-05